2021 Semi One

Sixteen countries will participate in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 on May 18th.

01 LITHUANIA  The Roop  “Discoteque”

Vilnius combo The Roop comprises Vaidotas Valiukevičius, Robertas Baranauskas and Mantas Banišauskas.  One of the favourites for the abandoned 2020 contest, they won the 2021 national final by a landslide.

02 SLOVENIA  Ana Soklič   “Amen”

Ana is from Bohinj in North West Slovenia and has been active on the Slovene music scene since 2004.

03 RUSSIA  Manizha  “Russian Woman”

Manizha was born in Tajikistan and has carved out a successful music career in Russia over the last five years.  She is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency.

04 SWEDEN  Tusse  “Voices”

Tusse was born Tousin Chiza in Congo and arrived in Sweden as a refugee.  He won Swedish ldol in 2019.

05 AUSTRALIA Montaigne “Technicolour”

Montaigne AKA Jessica Alyssa Cerro is from Sydney and her style is described as “art pop”. She takes her stage name from a French Renaissance philosopher. She won the Breakthrough Artist at the 2016 ARIA Music Awards.

06 NORTH MACEDONIA Vasil “Here I Stand”

Vasil Garvanliev is from Strumica and is a classically trained opera singer as well as performing pop.  In 2019 he was a backing singer for Tamara Todevska when North Macedonia claimed their best ever Eurovision result.

07 IRELAND  Lesley Roy  “Maps”

Dubliner Lesley Roy was signed up by Jive Records in 2008 and after some success in the USA became primarily a songwriter, contributing tracks for such as Adam Lambert and Jana Kramer.

08 CYPRUS  Elina Tsagrinou  “El Diablo”

Athenian Elina was the first 2021 artist to be revealed who was not meant to participate in the 2020 edition   As well as performing in TV talent shows she has also been a presenter (on “The Voice Of Greece”).

09 NORWAY  Tix  “Fallen Angel”

Tix aka Andreas Haukeland takes his stage name from his suffering from Tourettes Syndrome and his first album was released in 2016.  He has written songs recorded by Flo Rida and Ava Max.

10 CROATIA  Albina  “Tick-Tock”

Albina came to prominence eighteen months ago when finishing third in The Voice Croatia.  Her team coach was Vanna, Croatia’s Eurovision representative exactly twenty years ago.

11 BELGIUM  Hooverphonic  “The Wrong Place”

Hooverphonic comprises Alex Callier, Luka Cruysberghs and Raymond Geerts. The two blokes have been part of the band for a quarter of century ploughing an electronic/indie type path. Luka’s only been a member for a couple of years. They’ve released no less than ten studio albums over this time.

12 ISRAEL  Eden Alene  “Set Me Free”

Eden is from Jerusalem, both of her parents emigrated from Ethiopia. She won the 2017/18 edition of X Factor Israel. Last year she released a cover of “Save Your Kisses For Me”.

13 ROMANIA  Roxen  “Amnesia”

Larisa Roxana Giurgiu is from Cluj and her time in the spotlight has been relatively short. Last year she was featured vocalist on A single by Romanian house producer Sickotoy that made the dance charts in many countries across Europe.

14 AZERBAIJAN  Samira Efendi  “Mata Hari”

Samira Azer gizi Efendiyeva is from Baku and was third-place finisher in the 2016 edition of The Voice Of Azerbaijan.  She has since flown the Azeri flag in multiple music festivals.

15 UKRAINE  Go_A  “Shum”

Rocking the underscore, Go_A call themselves an “electro-folk” band and consist of Kateryna Pavlenko, Ihor Didenchuk, Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Hryhoriak.

16 MALTA  Destiny Chukunyere  “??”

Destiny is from Birkirkara and has a Maltese mum while her father is a former professional footballer from Nigeria. She has already tasted triumph on the ESC stage as she won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015.